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West Ham boss Zola defiant in face of Bellamy revolt

Gianfranco Zola is confident West Ham will prosper with or without want away striker Craig Bellamy. "We are sorry a player does not want to stay with us anymore," Zola declared.

"We respect him for what he has done for us, but we want to carry on.

"He knows what he can get here, but if he thinks he can't get what he wants here, then that's up to him."

The Italian continued: "The club is above everybody and it is important to stay committed to it.

"We are doing well and so everyone is happy, but there will times where it is not going so well and then you see the commitment.

"I know my players and myself - and we are stronger than this.

"We have had everything against us this year and there is nothing which will prevent us from doing what we can do."

Zola insisted the Hammers were anything but a one-man show.

"Bellamy gives us a lot on the pitch, but I am prepared to deal without him," he said.

"He is an important player as are many of the others. Scott Parker is playing out of his skin, Matthew Upson, Robert Green, Valon Behrami are all playing fantastically.

"In a team you have players who are not available, and you have got someone else who is available and come in to do a job."

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